ESSM Awards & Merits 2011 Congratulations on earning the Extension Superior Service Team Award! Matt Berg has been selected as a team recipient in the annual Texas AgriLife Extension Superior Service Awards Program. The award is the highest honor conferred by AgriLife Extension to faculty and staff who have excelled in their job performance. For his work with the Texas Watershed Steward Program team, Matt is among the 17 individuals, seven teams, and one unit chosen from 93 nominations submitted from throughout the agency in 2010. To be nominated, recommended, and selected for this special award is a process involving co-workers, peers on the Extension Honor Awards Committee, and the Extension administration. It is high praise of outstanding accomplishments. Matt is a recipient of a USDA National Needs Fellowship awarded by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and joined the department in September 2010 to pursue Ph.D. studies. In the previous four years spent with AgriLife Extension, he worked on a variety of watershed management and water quality projects across the state. These included leading the development of the first watershed protection plan from the state of Texas accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating watershed management and outreach efforts in a state priority watershed, participating in national and statewide discussions on sustainability in local watershed management, creating an online feral hog reporting system and outreach materials, and serving to develop and deliver the Texas Watershed Steward Program for which he was honored. Matt's team also received a Superior Service Award in 2009 for work in the Plum Creek Watershed, which has received a great deal of focus at state, regional, and national levels. In his current graduate work, Matt is working with Dr. Brad Wilcox and focusing on addressing ecohydrological questions in the context of global change. His research primarily is concerned with land cover change in central Texas and watershed response over time. Research findings should help guide land management and water resource policy decisions in the state and in similar ecoregions elsewhere. He is very interested in addressing critical hydrologic questions and participating in discussions of water policy to meet future needs. Matt served as teaching assistant for the department's Range and Forest Watershed Management course in Spring 2011.